• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 21st August, 2009

Mothers helping mothers

Services designed to help experienced mothers support new ones is an attractive idea that owes plenty to social and community work theories about empowerment and social resources. They have also shown promising results in evaluations. What can be learnt from this collaborative approach?

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 07th March, 2008

Time to start stopping what we know doesn’t work?

Giving children the best start in life by getting in early – even before conception – sounds like an unarguably good thing. Why on earth should we wait until the ‘damage’ has been done, and for children to be showing signs of distress before we offer any help? After all, by the time children are say four, five or six, and displaying disruptive or aggressive behavior in schools, years of le…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 04th March, 2008

Ireland's community mothers take the pressure off family life

In the midst of today’s pressures, all parents, particularly those who live in areas of social stress and disadvantage, need support if they are to promote the health and development of their children, their families and the next generation.The Community Mothers Programme (CMP), run in the Republic of Ireland by the Health Service Executive is one example among many throughout the world of what…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 24th August, 2010

It's a simple idea – but does it really work?

If a service strategy is to be relied upon by commissioners, it is important to know that on average it will work for families and that it will be more effective than support of some other kind or no support at all. But even where thorough trials are carried out and evidence of success is found, it will sometimes be flawed because the programs under scrutiny do not touch families who are reluctant…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 05th March, 2008

Are community mothers the new para-professionals?

Various kinds of home visiting support programs for parents of exist across the world, principally for those struggling to cope with disadvantage. In economically developed countries most are provided by professionals, who are regarded as having the status and training to fit them for the task. In developing countries where budgets are tighter they are more likely to be provided person-to-person w…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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